October 2013 Newsletter
A Message from Mr. Dulin
Parents/Families of Clayton Elementary,
I would like to inform all that I have decided to retire and will no longer be principal at Clayton
Elementary. My final day is October 31st.
My years at Clayton Elementary have been very rewarding. Our students have been exceptional,
which is a tribute to you as parents and our entire staff at Clayton. I will miss the smiling faces
and hugs from the students each and every day. The district has posted the position, and a new
principal should be named around mid-October. I am confident that the new principal will continue
the success we have at Clayton Elementary.
I wish all continued success the remainder of this year, and all years ahead. Your children are very
fortunate to be part of the Smyrna School District. Reminder –
Please provide the school office with all updated court documents concerning visitation,
custody, etc. The office will follow the latest court order placed in the student’s file. Nurses Notes – Mrs. Biddle, RN, BSN
Vision screenings for kindergarten are completed. If your child has not passed the first screening,
a second one will be done over the coming weeks to ensure accuracy.
For all students who do not pass the second screening, a referral slip will be sent home. Remember,
the testing here at school is just a screening. If a referral slip has been sent home, your child
needs to see an eye doctor for a more comprehensive exam. After your child is seen, please have
your doctor fill out the bottom portion of the referral and send this back to me.
If your child is followed by an eye doctor regularly, please indicate on the referral slip the last time
the child was seen, and send it back to school with your child.
For all students who do not pass the vision screening, and cannot afford a vision exam, please call
me! There are resources out there for this and no child should go without an exam or glasses if
they need them.
Flu season is upon us! Flu vaccines are readily available this year and I urge you to have your
children as well as yourselves vaccinated. This will hopefully help to decrease the number of sick
children and the number of lost school days.
Just a review about fevers: a fever is not an illness. Fever is an important symptom of an illness (a
temperature of 100.4 or above is considered a fever). Fevers generally occur along with a sore
throat, earache, nausea, listlessness, headache or rash. When a fever occurs, your child may be
carrying something contagious. If it is something viral, it may pass in a day or two. Most doctors
advise that children with fevers be kept home for an additional 24 hours after the last fever.
When they are fever free it needs to be without having received any Tylenol or Motrin. It is not
good practice to give Motrin or Tylenol to prevent fever; they should be used to treat it. Children
should also be kept home for an additional 24 hours after the last episode of vomiting or diarrhea.
Please continue to stress the importance of hand washing to your child! This is one of the best ways
to prevent the spreading of any disease.
Also, a reminder, please urge your child not to share hats, headbands, pony tail holders, pillows,
anything that may come in contact with their heads. This is the best preventative measure against
Have a great fall, and Happy Halloween (a little early)!!
The annual Clayton Elementary Fall Festival will be held on October 25th from 5:30-7:30 pm. Bring
your whole family out to enjoy carnival games, a hayride, face painting, and craft activities. Take a
walk through our haunted hallway and bring your decorated pumpkin to compete in the pumpkin
decorating contest. We will have hotdogs and snacks, as well as raffle baskets full of
goodies. Please come out and support our school! More information will follow later this month.
The next PTO meeting will be held on October 14th at 6pm in the Library.
The Fall Fundraiser begins October 7th and runs through October 21st. Fundraiser packets
will be sent home next week. Return all 3 copies of the order form. A copy of the
orders will be sent to you along with your orders. Make sure to complete the top
section of the order form with your complete name and address. No PO boxes please!
Orders will arrive approximately 3 weeks after the end sale date. Please help support
a worthy cause.
A BIG thank you to everyone who purchased books during our Book Fair. The PTO would
especially like to thank our many volunteers who without their help we would not have been able to be as successful. Thanks again for all you do!
We will be celebrating National School Lunch week October 14th - October 18th.
This year’s theme is LUNCH ACROSS the USA. We will be serving dishes from across our great country.
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